Okay, so you may be looking at the title and thinking..."Seth has lost his mind. Why do I care about children's books?" Well, as crazy as it sounds, there are definitely those of us (not me...not yet anyway) that have children! Crazy, right? I know it's hard for some of you to fathom, but there are people who are married and/or have kids who are 18-25 years old and children's books are a great way for them to learn. My parents used to read books to us when we were younger, and it is probably one of my fondest childhood memories. How can you not love hearing your mom and dad reading you books? It takes you to a place of wonder and excitement and fills a kid's head full of imagination. Well, it did for me anyway. I found a website which talks about the top 100 Children's Books, and thought I would share with you some of my favorites while growing up.
Green Eggs and Ham
If you haven't read this and you are an adult, you should probably go out and buy it for yourself anyway. It's an easy read, I promise! Green Eggs and Ham is written by Theodore Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss. I can remember my mom reading me the stories of Sam I Am and how he never wanted to eat the eggs and ham. It didn't matter if he was on a boat or with a mouse or in a car. By the end, he tries it and likes it! It's a simple book with lots of rhymes and will be sure to make your kid happy.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
I don't know about you, but a place that rains food from the sky sounds like a land I would like to live. The story discusses a place where the locals rely on the sky to provide them with food to eat. The weather would bring forth food three times a day and everyone would have enough to eat. Unfortunately, the weather takes a turn for the worst and the locals are forced to eventually leave their homes and escape to a new land where they buy groceries in a store. I LOVED this book as a child...I'm guessing probably because I love food and the thought of meatballs raining down on me is just splendid.
Now, I'm not going to say that taking wild monkeys from the jungle is something you should try, but Curious George is a wonderful tale about a man with a yellow hat (that's his name in every book) who finds a monkey in the wild. He captures George and brings him back to his house. Naturally, George is a monkey, and a rambunctious one at that, and gets into trouble every now and again. The man with the yellow hat has to come and get George out of trouble in various situations. There is more than one Curious George book, and they are worth purchasing and reading to your children. Seriously...go buy it.
What is your favorite childhood book?